Ross fil-forn is a traditional Maltese dish. Serve it with Parmesan cheese and enjoy the Mediterranean flavors!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef, and cook, stirring to crumble, until evenly browned. Mix in the crushed tomatoes, chicken stock, and bay leaves. Simmer for 25 minutes over low heat.

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  • Meanwhile, place the rice into a saucepan with enough water to cover by one inch. Bring to a boil, and cook for about 10 minutes (halfway), then drain off water.

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  • Remove the bay leaves from the sauce, and mix in the half-cooked rice. Stir in the basil, mint, eggs, and mozzarella cheese; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

  • Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the rice is tender, and the liquid has been absorbed.

Nutrition Facts

730.1 calories; 34.8 g protein; 82.7 g carbohydrates; 211.4 mg cholesterol; 797.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2008
Its a nice dish but I do it a little bit different.I use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes.I dont use chicken stock bayleaaf basil mint or mazorella cheese.I put one teaspoon of italian seasoning 4 slices of bacon 1 cup peas.This is a great dish and it could be also served at a room tempretaure Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/21/2006
This was kind of bland. I really didnt care for the mint. It tasted like I was chewing gum with my food. Read More
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16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
10/10/2008
Its a nice dish but I do it a little bit different.I use tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes.I dont use chicken stock bayleaaf basil mint or mazorella cheese.I put one teaspoon of italian seasoning 4 slices of bacon 1 cup peas.This is a great dish and it could be also served at a room tempretaure Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/11/2007
I thought this was pretty good! The fresh mint does not make it "minty" but it adds a nice depth of flavor. Mine came out with a lovely cheesy crust on top and a beautiful crunchy bottom layer as well. My hub thought it was a bit bland (which is weird because usually I'm the one who finds things bland but not this time) but my 2 toddlers gobbled it up. I didn't know exactly what to do with the eggs (I beat them before adding them) and the recipe didn't say what to do with the basil and mint (I added them with the cheese and eggs etc) but it seemed to work out just fine. I made it with ground chicken and would probably double the meat next time. I also made it with a can of diced tomatoes and I might like even more tomatoes next time. I appreciated not having to chop anything and I will definitely make this again! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/20/2006
This was kind of bland. I really didnt care for the mint. It tasted like I was chewing gum with my food. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/20/2007
I'm sorry to say I did not like this recipe at all. I followed it to the letter...I don't believe you can write an accurate review otherwise...and it just tasted (for lack of a better word) weird. The mint and the basil made an odd combination. My husband who usually eats anything took two bites and couldn't eat anymore. I tried it the next day as left overs...and it wasn't any better. Because I hate wasting food I drowned it in cheese and ranch dressing so it was edible. I don't know...maybe I did something wrong...I used dried herbs instead of fresh...maybe with fresh it would've been better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2007
I had to make a few modifications to this recipe because I didn't have everything on hand. I did not have canned tomatoes so I used some fresh ones that came from a friends garden (along with some salt) and I think that helped with flavor. I also added about a teaspoon of marjoram and a teaspoon of crushed italian seasoning to the ground beef while it cooked and I think that it could have used even a bit more of the marjoram. I didn't have chicken broth so used beef and I think that it worked out just fine. The dish wasn't robust with flavor but was a good comfort dish and would be good as a stuffing for peppers or mushrooms. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2009
This was really good maltese Ross Fil-Forn. My Husband is from Malta and he said it was the best he ever had. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/05/2010
Nothing special. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/02/2011
This was pretty good but nothing spectacular. I made it exactly as the recipe suggested and I liked that it was very easy to make (no chopping time to do other things while it was simmering and in the oven). I like the basil and mint which gave it an interesting flavor although if I try this again I will probably add more spices since I felt like it could benefit from additional spice/heat. As others have commented it was a little bland for me and my husband although I can see it working perfectly for toddlers and young children. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/26/2008
I added a lot more spice and I used freshly roasted tomatoes. If you're not really careful the rice will not cook so I recommend that you use a quicker cooking rice like Jasmine. It's also tastier. Read More
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